Satyrium breve Rolfe

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Satyrium breve

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Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

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Synonyms: var. minor Summerh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 10 - 60 cm tall. Foliage leaves 4 on a separate sterile shoot, lanceolate, up to 30 × 2 cm, lower leaves sheath-like. Flowering stem with 5-8 leaves along the stem, erect, lanceolate, up to 25 × 5 cm, largest in the middle. Inflorescence densely few-many-flowered, often short and pyramidal in shape, particularly when young. Flowers pale-deep pink to purple-red, sometimes with darker streaks. Lip convex with a wide mouth, 6-16 mm long, apex acute, often reflexed; sepals and petals pointing forward; spurs 2-15.5 mm long, blunt, parallel to the ovary.
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Habitat: In marshy grassland
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Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2009

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Satyrium breve., retrieved 27 May 2024

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